Inmates Stage Daring Daylight Helicopter Escape

SAINT-JEROME, Quebec (March 18, 2013)--One of the two prison inmates who staged a daring daylight prison escape involving a helicopter in Quebec was back in custody Monday.

Authorities in Saint-Jerome, Quebec, say the inmates climbed up a rope into the hovering helicopter that was flown by a pilot who authorities now consider to be "an important witness."

After authorities tracked down the chopper, the pilot was taken to a local hospital and was treated for shock.

Authorities say three people, including one of the inmates, were arrested 30 miles north of the jail.

Later, the second inmate was spotted near where the three others were arrested and police have him surrounded.

Quebec provincial police Sgt. Benoit Richard said the escapee was holed up in a compound and authorities are trying to negotiate with him "to find a peaceful resolution."

A Montreal radio station said it received a call Sunday from a man claiming to be the escapee, and he was he was "ready to die."


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